Events in UCIS

Monday, November 27

12:00 pm Lecture
DEATH AND LITERATURE: TIME, SICKNESS, AND WRITING
Location:
4130 Wesley W Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Asian Studies Center
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This talk will offer an overview of professor Robert Tierney's research on
modern Japanese death literature. He defines "death literature" as a body
of works defined by an existential encounter with sickness and death,
rather than as a specific literary genre. He focuses on works by three
writers from the Meiji period: Nakae Chōmin (1847-1901) ,Masaoka Shiki
(1867-1902), and Natsume Sōseki (1867-1916). The philosopher
Chōmin wrote One Year and a Half (Ichinen yūhan), and Sequel to One
Year and A Half (Zokuichinen yūhan) in 1901 after a doctor discovered a
cancerous tumor in his throat and told him he had a year and a half left to
live. The poet Shiki, bedridden with spinal tuberculosis from 1896, wrote
daily chronicles of his life that appeared in the Nihon Newspaper in 1901
and 1902: A Drop of Ink (Bokujū itteki) and A Sickbed Six Feet Long
(Byōsho rokushaku). After a near-death experience in Shūzenji in 1911,
the novelist Soseki came "back to life" and wrote Reminiscences and
other matters (Omoidasu koto nado) in 31 installments in the Asahi
Newspaper. He will look at similarities and differences in the way these
writers approached sickness and time and found meaning through
writing.

The lecture is open for public. Refreshments will be served.

2:00 pm Film
Adilkhan Yerzhanov's film "The Owners"
Location:
4130 Wesley W. Posvar Hall
Sponsored by:
Center for Russian and East European Studies
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Introduction by and post-screening Q&A with the film producer Serik Abishev (Kazakhstan)

"Kafka meets Kaurismaki in this bleakly funny Kazakh drama.... The Owners is a caustic critique of small-town corruption and croneyism in contemporary Kazakhstan."
--Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

7:00 pm Presentation
More Than Just Mosaics: The Ancient Synagogue at Huqoq in Israel's Galilee
Location:
324 Cathedral of Learning
Sponsored by:
Nationality Rooms along with Jewish Studies Program
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Since 2011, Professor Jodi Magness has been directing excavations in the ancient village of Huqoq. The excavations have brought to light the remains of a monumental Late Roman synagogue building paved with stunning mosaics, including a variety of biblical scenes. In this slide-illustrated lecture, Professor Magness describes these exciting finds, including the discoveries made in last summer's season.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Israel Heritage Room, which opened in November 1987. Reception and informal tours to follow.